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Fun with Sounds by Pippa Goss

Fun with Sounds by Pippa Goss There is a moment in the summer when I realise that my transition to singing teaching geek is finally complete. I am driving about the country on holiday with my five year- old daughter listening to the CBeebies Songs Album for the umpteenth time (singing teachers, note that younger children [...]

By |2019-10-06T15:36:56+01:00October 6th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Coaching singing in French

Well, that was an interesting day. Today I found myself unexpectedly coaching in French with an emergency singer. Sorry, that came out wrong - he is a singer wanting a coaching session immediately, not a singer who only bursts into song during crises... Standard problems singing in French (or German) He was singing a contemporary rock [...]

By |2019-08-29T16:05:14+01:00August 31st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

Theories, beliefs and your reality

EVERYONE carries theories and beliefs. Theories and beliefs are what help us stay sane in this world, to navigate the extraordinary flow of information and experiences in which we are currently living. As singers, we carry beliefs and theories about techniques for singing - they help us step out into the scary world for performers and [...]

Bella Signora, classical scales and other anomalies

I've been working with a lot of singing teachers in the past few months. They teach in as many genres as you can name. Most have a performing background. A few have performed exclusively in CCM genres, most have had some classical training and/or performed as classical singers. On our recent Singing Teacher Training in Australia, [...]

What is music anyway?

I've been thinking about music and what it is, how it's written and how we perform it. I first showed the following sequence in a workshop at Chichester University in 2018. Let me know what you think! What do you see? The image above contains a number of white dots. There is very little meaning in [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:42:20+01:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Patter songs and good diction

I’ve always been a fan of patter songs – the type with speedy text or long lists of items. Think “Modern Major General” (G&S), or one of the most difficult written for a woman – “Not Getting Married Today” (Sondheim). I’ve sung them and I’ve coached them for years. The thing you don’t do when singing patter [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:56:20+01:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably We’ve described how important it is to sing in your vocal comfort zone. But there is a place in performance for uncomfortable sounds. Think of the sounds you make in an extreme emotion: yelling, screaming or breathlessness. Now think of the patterns people make with those sounds – the yell hits [...]

Gillyanne and Jeremy’s quickfire question round

What do you think about... Back in 2016 the Voice Council Magazine (now archived) asked us a quick-fire question or two about singing, performing, life, the universe and everything. Here are our answers! "Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher are eminent educators who run ‘Vocal Process’, a multi-genre and multi-media practice. Gillyanne has a doctorate in female [...]

Changing your genre

Help on changing your genre In 2014 I wrote an article for The Music Teacher magazine on Changing your vocal style (reproduced here) https://vocalprocess.co.uk/style-concious-1-singing-style/ Gillyanne and I also created an online training Webinar on a similar theme called Changing Your Style Without 'Losing' Your Voice http://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/ChangingYourStyle In this new article I thought I'd talk more about changing [...]